A very good morning to you, pafalafa!
Edinburgh is a fantastic city, and it has earned the accolade of being
"The Athens of the North". It's a city brimming with history, culture,
awesome scenery, and, apparently, Google Answers researchers.
Edinburgh's city centre is oriented around the castle, which is built
on an old volcanic plug. It rises high above the city, and dominates
the skyline quite convincingly. There was a settlement there in AD79,
when the Romans came up to take a peek, but it had probably been
around a lot longer than that. Incidentally, the Romans never could
quite get a grip of Scotland, and ended up retreating, building a
couple of walls to lock us in (if this be punishment, give me more).
Edinburgh has had plague, fire, and invasions aplenty, which makes for
some rich reading material in any tourist guide you'll pick up. It's
also the birthplace of Sir Walter Scott (Ivanhoe), Sean Connery (James
Bond), Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), Alexander Graham Bell (the
telephone), Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Sherlock Holmes), and seizer-ga - if you'd like a longer list, the
clarification button is in the usual place ;-)
These days, Edinburgh is most noted for its ridiculously large New
Year street party (the largest in Europe, and the International
Festival and Fringe (the largest arts festival in the world - nearly
one million tickets were sold last year). It has more museums than I
have fingers (and I've had no unfortunate shark fishing accidents), a
couple of lovely parks, some excellent pubs, clubs, and cafes (J.K.
Rowling sat in one while she wrote the first Harry Potter novel), and
all the usual things you might expect from a tourist mecca.
Edinburgh is also the home of the new Scottish Parliament, but they're
currently in temporary accomodation, because their custom built
building is two and a half years late, and £250 million over budget.
Corruption and incompetence are reaching even these northern parts,
So I do rather enjoy living in Edinburgh. About the only thing that
could be improved is the weather - the rain is a rather frequent
visitor, and the temperature seldom rises above about 70 degrees F.
Now, about those pesky eggs. Scroll down to the "Cooking and
Selecting" section of the following article, read, and learn!
All the best,
Edinburgh references (come visit any time, we're always open):
The tourist board site: http://www.edinburgh.org/
The International Festival.... : http://www.eif.co.uk/
....and Fringe: http://www.edfringe.com/